The EU is a sui generis international organization that has achieved a high level of economic and political integration. The European Union has its first direct antecedent of the European Coal and Steel Community, an organization created for the purpose of pooling coal and steel between its members and the preservation of peace.

A project that starts as essentially economic, eventually also became a political project. The changes in his denomination are the proof: starting out by being the European Economic Community, is renamed European Community, until 1992 with the Maastricht Treaty, the current name European Union is adopted.

As integration has increased gradually, the same happened to the member countries. If in the beginning consisted of only six countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France and UK), more and more European countries have been added to the  European project currently comprise 28 countries and there are a few on the list of candidates and potential candidates.

The combination of this increasing integration with the extension of the frontiers is evident in the slogan coined by the European Union in 2000: "United in diversity". The Union refers to integration but also, refers to the diversity of cultures, traditions and languages of the various countries that comprise the European Union.

This site is created by the Centre de Documentació Europea (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and aims to provide information on diversity, collecting links on various topics, ranging from politics to culture through employment opportunities and the environment. Is presented as a useful tool for the research done on the Member States, and for those who wish to travel in the countries that comprise the EU for business, study or tourism.

 

 

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